The 2014 Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway were handed out tonight at NYU Skirball Center, and hosted by acclaimed husband and wife actors and comedians, Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman. This year’s event benefits The Actors Fund.
The David Byrne-Fat Boy Slim Musical Here Lies Love, which received 11 Lortel nominations and recently reopened for a commercial run at The Public, was the top winner of the night, taking home 5 Lortel Awards, including Alex Timbers for Outstanding Director, Ruthie Ann Miles for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical, Clint Ramos for Outstanding Costume Design, Justin Townsend for Outstanding Lighting Design and M.L. Dogg and Cody Spencer for Outstanding Sound Design.
The Public Theater’s Fun Home was named Outstanding Musical, with Judy Kuhn and Michael Cerveris winning in the Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical categories. The Good Person of Szechwan, produced by The Public Theater and The Foundry Theatre, was named Outstanding Musical, and won in the category of Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play for Lisa Kron. Signature’s production of Will Eno’s The Open House won for Outstanding Play and Buyer & Cellar won for Outstanding Solo Show. Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, which also received 11 nominations, garnered 3 awards for Lucas Steele (Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical), Mimi Lien (Outstanding Scenic Design) and Paloma Young (Outstanding Costume Design).
Other acting Lortels were presented to Hand to God‘s Steven Boyer (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play), Bad Jews‘ Tracee Chimo (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play) and Dinner with Friends‘ Jeremy Shamos (Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play). Sonya Tayeh won for her Outstanding Choreography of David Henry Hwang’s Kung Fu.
Congratulations to all of the Lucille Lortel Winners listed below.
The Open House, Produced by Signature Theatre, Written by Will Eno
Fun Home, Produced by The Public Theater, Music by Jeanine Tesori, Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron, Based on the Alison Bechdel book
Good Person of Szechwan, Produced by The Public Theater and The Foundry Theatre, Written by Bertolt Brecht, Translation by John Willett
Outstanding Solo Show
Buyer & Cellar, Produced by Darren Bagert, Dan Shaheen, Ted Snowdon, Daryl Roth, Martin Massman, Pat Flicker Addiss, Doug Nevin, Joan Raffe & Jhett Tolentino, Andrew Tobias, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater,Written by Jonathan Tolins – Performed by Michael Urie
Alex Timbers, Here Lies Love
Sonya Tayeh, Kung Fu
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play
Steven Boyer, Hand to God
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play
Tracee Chimo, Bad Jews
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical
Michael Cerveris, Fun Home
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical
Ruthie Ann Miles, Here Lies Love
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Jeremy Shamos, Dinner With Friends
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Lisa Kron, Good Person of Szechwan
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Lucas Steele, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Judy Kuhn, Fun Home
Outstanding Scenic Design
Mimi Lien, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
Outstanding Costume Design
Clint Ramos, Here Lies Love
Paloma Young, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
Outstanding Lighting Design
Justin Townsend, Here Lies Love
Outstanding Sound Design
M.L. Dogg and Cody Spencer, Here Lies Love
Lifetime Achievement Award
Playwrights’ Sidewalk Inductee
￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼ABOUT THE LUCILLE LORTEL AWARDS
The Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway were created in 1985 by the Off- Broadway League. The Lortel Awards recognize excellence Off-Broadway by honoring the invaluable contribution of artists to the theatre community. Representatives of the Off-Broadway League, Actors’ Equity Association, Stage Directors & Choreographers Society, the Lucille Lortel Foundation, in addition to theatre journalists and academics and other Off-Broadway professionals serve on the Voting committee. Awards may be given in the following categories: Play, Musical, Solo Show, Revival, Alternative Theatrical Experience, Director, Choreographer, Lead Actor and Actress in a Play and Musical, Featured Actor and Actress in a Play and Musical, Scenic, Costume, Lighting and Sound Design. The following honorary awards may also be given: Lifetime Achievement, Body of Work (awarded to an institution), the Edith Oliver Award for Sustained Excellence, Service to Off-Broadway Award and induction onto the Playwrights’ Sidewalk in front of the historic Lucille Lortel Theatre in New York City. For more information, please see www.LortelAwards.org.
ABOUT THE LUCILLE LORTEL FOUNDATION
Lucille Lortel Foundation was created by Lucille Lortel to foster excellence and diversity in the theatre, as well as to faithfully preserve the rich history and support the continued prosperity of Off-Broadway. The Foundation has several major programs, including its general operating support program that has provided millions of dollars to small to mid-size theatres in New York City, universities, and theatre service organizations. The Foundation created and maintains the Internet Off-Broadway Data Base (www.lOBDB.com). For a listing of all of the Foundation’s programs, previous Lortel Award nominees and recipients, information on the Lucille Lortel Theatre and Playwrights’ Sidewalk, and much more, please visit www.lortel.org.
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Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia recently starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, Lorey Hayes, Marcus Naylor and Phynjuar, and made her jazz vocalist debut in Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz “LADY” at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York. She is profiled in Jade Magazine.
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